Dancing keeps you perky

A recent study shows that dancing may help older women to remain living independently. It found that older women were 73% less likely to need help with routine tasks like bathing, dressing and eating.

Experts believe dancing makes daily life easier for older people by improving their sense of balance and thinking skills. Tokyo metropolitan institute of gerontology tracked over 1000 women aged between 75 and 84.

They took part in 16 different types of exercise. Women who danced were less likely to have a “disability ” meaning they needed partial, or total, help with daily activities.

This was reported in the Daily Mail on December 19th 2018

IDTA Southeast Area meeting

Once September arrives I know that the summer break is over and it’s time to get back to work, not that dancing feels like work.

So on Sunday 2nd I was up very early as I needed to be in Addlestone by 9.30am bright eyed and bushy tailed. As the traffic was kind I was able to grab an egg muffin and a takeaway coffee (in my reusable mug) before going in.

I always enjoy these sessions not only for the dance lectures but also it is a chance to meet up with friends and colleagues. It was especially so this year as I was unable to travel to Southport in July for the annual conference.

The first lecture was rumba. We were taught a super amalgamation of figures and it was great to back on the dance floor again. Next a freestyle lecture; this involved floor work so I enjoyed learning by watching and listening rather than doing. Then musical theatre; a choreographed routine with a circus theme. I was itching to get up but it involved singing and memories of my children shouting “Mum stop!” every time I started to sing at home kept me in my seat. The lecture was excellent however and I’m sure it will help me improve my performance when I am tap dancing, which I do for fun. The final lecture of the morning was ballroom and we all had great fun learning new groups in the waltz and the quickstep especially when we were trying to get our hops, points and chasses in the right order.

Lunch was another opportunity to catch up with people before the business meeting in the afternoon. It was a great day and I am now itching to get started teaching my ballroom, Latin in Line and flex n stretch classes that start next week. In the meantime I am preparing for the new course, Dancing through the Decades which starts in October.


Welcome Back September 2022!

Hello everyone. I hope you are having a great summer and enjoying the good weather. I am looking forward to our classes reopening in September and I have some exciting plans for the forthcoming year.
Last year was certainly different. We reopened in September following our Covid closures but still with several Covid procedures in place. Gradually these were removed and we even managed a low key Christmas celebration. I reintroduced a sequence class after Easter, which is building nicely, and our beginners have now progressed to the improvement class. This means there will be a new absolute beginners ballroom class starting in September on a Tuesday. Please contact me if you,or a friend,would like to book a place.

I hope you enjoy looking baton 2021/2. Social dances are now returning. Gordon is now running his regular Happy Feet dances on Tuesdays and Saturdays. We will be running our Christmas tea dance to raise funds for St. Peter’s church in the Hydneye and I hope the MacMillan charity ball will run at the Winter Gardens again.

We have several classes but personal tuition is also available for individuals and couples with specific needs. Please contact me for further details.

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Because it makes you happy!